Thank you from Hillary & Andrew

Photo credit to Hillary & Andrew

We used Australia 2000 Travel to plan our honeymoon to New Zealand. Karen planned an amazing honeymoon for us that allowed us to experience the country like a local rather than just going to all of the tourist destinations. We met with her and told her our budget and what we enjoyed.  She handled everything else and developed a customized itinerary for us. The day before our trip started a major earthquake hit New Zealand. Karen and her crew worked tirelessly to rearrange our trip so that we stayed safe and away from the impacted area.

Photo credit to Hillary Andrew

She communicated frequently and had our new itinerary to us before we made it to the airport.  All the accommodations that she booked for us were astounding with amazing views. Everything from our progressive wine dinner to our trip to Doubtful Sound couldn’t have been better. She included numerous sites to see and places to eat at every city we visited as well. This was our first time to New Zealand and our first time using a travel agent and were extremely impressed with both.  We highly recommend Australia 2000 Travel!

 Thanks, 

 Hillary and Andrew

Thank you from Heather & Robert Johnson

HI Karen

johnson-wedding-imagesI just wanted to touch base to let you know that everything is going great!  The ceremony was so beautiful and romantic. We’re so happy and having such an amazing time. Everything is perfect. None of this would have been possible without you. I just wanted to thank you again for all your hard work! You went out of your way to make our trip so special. We truly appreciate it.

Heather & Robert Johnson

Marriage vow ceremony and honeymoon on Bora Bora, French Polynesia

The Dream Makers at Australia 2000 Travel

We’re Aussie natives and certified Aussie and 100% Pure New Zealand Specialists who weave your interests, dreams and desires into our in-depth local knowledge and add a touch of Aussie magic to create a unique, fun filled adventure that exceeds your expectations.  Whether it’s a honeymoon on a private island in Fiji, breakfast with the kangaroos in Australia or hiking the magnificent rainforests in New Zealand we Aussies bring all of your aspirations to life.

Jim & Krystal Brown 2013 Fiji

Photo credit to Jim & Krystal Brown

Heather Sullivan OZ DEC 2014 #4

Photo credit to the Sullivan family

Ufer Rainforest

Photo credit to Bob & Susie Ufer

 

Customize a Wedding or Honeymoon to Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti or Fiji with the Down Under Specialists at Australia 2000 Travel

Our customer service, extensive local knowledge of each destination and twenty three years spent developing relationships with our hand selected tour guides and unique boutique accommodation owners and hosts set us apart.  Nothing about Australia 2000 Travel is cookie cutter.  Dreams come true. Memories are created that last for a lifetime. 

Jim Krystal Brown - OZ Wedding

Photo Credit to Jim & Krystal Brown

“Thank you to the staff of Australia 2000 for making this a trip of a lifetime for our wedding/honeymoon.  We couldn’t have asked for it to be more perfect!  The attention to detail was phenomenal and we can’t wait to contact you again for an anniversary trip!” Jim & Krystal Brown

“Hi Karen, We’re back! You put together a wonderful itinerary for us. The honeymoon was fantastic, wonderful and spectacular!!! Did I mention that we really enjoyed ourselves??? Everything went off without a hitch. Your staff we met throughout our journey couldn’t have been any friendlier! We felt relaxed and at ease our entire trip. We hope to come back some day!  Thank you so much for a wonderful and unforgettable three weeks.”  Dan & Erin Garfin

Dave & Crystal Geiser OZ DEC 2014

Photo Credit to Crystal & Dave Geiser

“Australia is such a large country and we had no idea how to start the process of planning a honeymoon that would cover all the highlights.  The Australia 2000 team took over and created us the most phenomenal, carefree honeymoon we could ask for!  They really took into account our active lifestyle and personalities to make sure we were busy rafting, scuba diving, hiking, etc. while getting to see several of the diverse ecosystems around Australia.  All in one trip we were able to see Cairns, Ayers Rock, Kangaroo Island, and Sydney!  It was a perfect mix of city and nature with no worries for us as far as logistics of transportation (air, land and sea)!  It was the best decision I could have made to put the planning of this trip in the hands of these talented professionals and I would definitely go to them again for our next adventure (New Zealand is looking pretty awesome…)!” Crystal & Dave Geiser

Greg & Ashley Walker Honeymoon #2 - Fiji & OZ May 2014

Photo Credit to Greg & Ashley Walker

“Hi Karen! Passing through the Adelaide Airport and just wanted to let you and the team know we are having an amazing adventure. Everything has been perfect.”  Greg & Ashley Walker

“Much appreciation on the hard work of setting up our honeymoon. We had such a great time and felt that Australia became a part of us. We just did not want to leave. We will have memories for a lifetime.” Aaron & Anna Spork

Aaron & Anna Spork Aussie Honeymoon - April 2010

Photo Credit to Aaron & Anna Spork

“We had such an amazing trip to New Zealand that we didn’t want to come home!   The food was great and the atmosphere everywhere we went was so hospitable and inviting! Everyone was very nice and gave us well wishes on our recent marriage. We definitely want to go back and see some of the places we didn’t get to this time.  Thanks again for organizing this trip for us. It will truly be something we will never forget.”  Mike & Jess Wiley

Once in a Lifetime Adventures, Weddings, Honeymoons, Thrill Seeking and Celebratory Journeys are our Specialty!

We create unique trips to Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti & Fiji. Each one lovingly hand-crafted by Aussies & Kiwis to suit the taste and budget of the discerning traveler. Once in a lifetime adventures, weddings, honeymoons, thrill seeking and celebratory journeys are our specialty!

Kraemer #3 NZ Trip 2014

 

 

 

Thank you from Crystal and Dave

Geiser & Witherell OZ Honeymoon Camel Tour DEC 2014Australia is such a large country and we had no idea how to start the process of planning a honeymoon that would cover all the highlights.  The Australia 2000 team took over and created us the most phenomenal, carefree honeymoon we could ask for!  They really  took into account our active lifestyle and personalities to make sure we were busy rafting, scuba diving, hiking, etc. while getting to see several of the diverse ecosystems Geiser & Witherell OZ Honeymoon DEC 2014around Australia.  All in one trip we were able to see Cairns, Ayers Rock, Kangaroo Island, and Sydney!  It was a perfect mix of city and nature with no worries for us as far as logistics of transportation (air, land and sea)!  It was the best decision I could have made to put the planning of this trip in the hands of these talented professionals and I would definitely go to them again for our next adventure (New Zealand is looking pretty awesome…)!

Thanks,
Crystal and Dave

Thank you from Dan Garfin & Erin Lloyd

Hi Karen,

We’re back! You put together a wonderful itinerary for us. We loved our book and how detailed and organized it was.

The honeymoon was fantastic, wonderful and spectacular!!! Did I mention that we really enjoyed ourselves??? Everything went off without a hitch. Your staff we met throughout our journey couldn’t have been any friendlier! We felt relaxed and at ease our entire trip. We hope to come back some day!

Thank you so much for a wonderful and unforgettable three weeks.

Dan Garfin & Erin Lloyd

Destination Weddings Australia

The Chicago Sun Times recently covered the topic of destination weddings:

Destination weddings are one of the fastest-growing markets in the wedding industry, said Carol Lekki, owner of Carol’s Travel Service in Orland Park, which assisted the Brousils with their event. The agency has seen such a spike in interest that it now devotes a full-time staffer to handle them and honeymoons.

“More people just don’t want to go through the stress and expense of a big wedding at home,” Lekki said…  Read the entire article

The article covers some of the reasons people plan destination weddings.  Reasons like ease of planning, less stress for the couple, and more fun for the couple and guests.  While the article doesn’t mention destination weddings to Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti or Fiji, the South Pacific is an excellent place to plan a destination wedding.  From adventure to romance to rest and relaxation, you truly can have it all!  [Read more…]

Should Technology Take the Place of Personal Service and Interaction?

As technology is taking over practically everything it touches perhaps it’s time to get back to basics, human contact and interaction.  This NY Times article touches on the both sides of the issue.

Some hotels have begun to expand the definition of concierge to mean more than just a knowledgeable employee. It now can also mean smart digital devices. Software companies are creating programs that offer information like restaurant tips, flight arrivals and departures and driving directions via these devices to guests at midtier hotels that do not provide traditional concierge services.

Even more upscale brands that employ human concierges are joining in, by offering location-specific information, accessible via the Internet, iPhone apps and even live chats. And all Hyatt hotels let guests send requests, via Twitter, to customer service agents who are on call 24 hours a day…read more

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Honeymoon Wedding Registry

Honeymoon memories last a lifetime, make yours even more affordable.

How your friends and family can help the bride and groom who have everything create romantic honeymoon memories.

In this wonderful, ever-changing world in which we live many of us are getting married later in life and are celebrating our marriages in far flung and exotic destinations. Some are choosing to be embraced by the magical light of the Southern Cross and to create everlasting honeymoon memories in the GLORIOUS South Pacific.

As we already possess towels, vases and glasses – the useful household items that tend to be at the top of most wedding lists it has become increasing difficult for guests to find an unusual wedding gift that will live forever. To solve that problem Australia 2000 Travel has created our honeymoon registry, a novel solution that brings joy to the lucky recipients and a touch of magic to the gift giver. Once you, the bride and groom have booked your honeymoon in the South Pacific your family and friends can call us at Australia 2000 Travel to make a financial donation towards the cost of your romantic honeymoon. They might wish to purchase an element of your adventure… perhaps a sail on Sydney Harbour or a ride in a hot air balloon at sunrise.

Quite simply as the lucky couple you book your romantic honeymoon with Australia 2000 Travel and pay the appropriate deposit in line with our booking conditions. Wedding guests who wish to make a contribution to your honeymoon contact Australia 2000 Travel to discuss payment by check or credit card. Their contribution is held in Australia 2000 Travel Client Trust Fund and credited towards payment of your romantic honeymoon or wedding. Australia 2000 Travel will mail our exquisite gift certificate to the contributor and advise the bride and groom of the gift.

The balance of your honeymoon, less your deposit and the honeymoon contributions, must be received sixty days prior to departure. Should you continue to receive contributions after this final payment date we will refund you the difference. You’ll be able to use those contributions on your honeymoon!

To advise friends & family of our service, the bride usually includes the details as part of her bridal registry information or on the couple’s personal Facebook page(s).

Australian Honeymoon

Your romantic Australian honeymoon can be as relaxing or as adventurous as your hearts desire….

"Thank you to the staff of Australia 2000 for making this a trip of a lifetime for our wedding/honeymoon. We couldn't have asked for it to be more perfect! The attention to detail was phenomenal and we can't wait to contact you again for an anniversary trip!" Krystal & Jim ~ Married and honeymooned in Australia

Do you dream of a romantic honeymoon on a secluded island on the Great Barrier Reef?
Let us plan your romantic Australian Honeymoon Packages on a secluded island with 24 powdery-white beaches where sensational diving opportunities abound right on the Great Barrier Reef. The best big game fishing in the world is close by. While snorkeling just moments from the island’s beaches you’ll be rewarded with the sight of coral gardens, brightly colored tropical fish and giant clams. You’ll find that dining is one of the island’s many pleasures as you enjoy the local cuisine at the island restaurant or during a gourmet picnic just for two on secluded, pristine beaches. Perhaps enjoy treatments at the award winning spa.

If sophisticated cities beckon you we’ll help you plan an indulgent, romantic honeymoon in the world’s best city.
A champagne honeymoon filled with wine and roses, nightclubs, restaurants, spas, galleries and theatre. Perhaps include a seaplane flight to a breathtaking restaurant nestled at the waters edge, a degustation meal created exclusively for you, a helicopter pub crawl or a putt on a Harley Davidson to discover the beauty of golden sand beaches and national parks.

Perhaps you dream of discovering Australian wild animals in the wild.
Do you dream of being surrounded by wallabies grazing at dusk? Of watching little blue penguins struggle up a cliff to return to their burrows? Do you dream of picnicking under a gum tree where koalas sleep in the branches above? Or perhaps of wandering along golden beaches to watch sea lions dozing in the sun? How about enjoying breakfast with wild kangaroos? Or swimming with giant whale sharks off the coast of Western Australia where you’ll honeymoon in luxurious safari tents beside the enchanting Indian Ocean?

Do you dream of a honeymoon in the remote Aussie Outback?
Your luxury outback resort could be one located on a sprawling 1.5 million acre working cattle ranch that encompasses the spirit of the Australian Outback. A place where you’ll relish the warm hospitality, fantastic views of the far reaching landscape, expansive deck with swimming pool, relaxing lounge and cosmopolitan camp-fire. Lazy romantic days could become days of adventure if you were to include hiking, game fishing or a live cattle muster. Perhaps include, a cooking school the luxurious surroundings of the Aussie Outback. On lazy days you could indulge in a gourmet picnic by the river, or with your favorite drink in hand and the wet-wall of the lap pool as your coaster you could simply take the day as it comes. You’ll truly be able to immerse yourself in the wide open spaces and discover the freedom of the outdoors.

Perhaps you dream of a romantic honeymoon in the Australian wine country.
Your days could be spent exploring the many award winning Australian wineries. In New South Wales you could visit the Hunter Valley, Rutherglen or Mudgee areas. In Victoria The Yarra Valley, Mornington Peninsula and Kyneton wine regions await you. The wineries of the Barossa, Clare or Coonawarra Valleys of South Australia and Margaret River in Western Australia all have cellar door tastings. We’ll arrange private wine tastings, a wine blending class at Penfolds, home of the famous Grange Hermitage, cooking classes and chef’s table dinners at a variety of romantic luxury lodges and charming B&Bs. We’ll create an itinerary for you where you’ll meet the local winemakers and explore the wine regions with your own specialist wine tour guide. You might enjoy hiring bicycles and riding between wineries on the Riesling Trail. Perhaps take a hot air balloon ride over the wineries at sunrise or pack a picnic to enjoy “opera in the wines”.

Learn how our Honeymoon Registry can help make your dream honeymoon even more affordable!

New Zealand Honeymoon

Your romantic New Zealand honeymoon can be as relaxing or as adventurous as your hearts desire….

"Again we had a great time -- and I will recommend you to friends & family who may wish to travel to Australia & New Zealand in the future. Thanks for making our honeymoon unforgettable." Liz & Steve ~ Honeymooned in New Zealand

Do you dream of a luxurious, romantic New Zealand honeymoon in Bay Of Islands?
Why not join the very fortunate few who have spent their honeymoon in a magnificent suite that has a large 2 story glass roofed living area where you can luxuriate in evenings of star gazing as you lounge back with a glass of champagne in hand? Alternatively enjoy your own 9 foot big screen and watch a movie. Every morning you’ll enjoy a gourmet breakfast larder replenished daily along with a fresh fruit platter. Whether you choose to soak up the sun, enjoy an invigorating swim in your lap pool, indulge in the local gourmet cuisine, play a round of golf at Kauri Cliffs, take a seaplane flight to Cape Reinga your New Zealand Honeymoon Packages will be filled with golden memories. Perhaps charter a yacht to discover the many beautiful islands in the area or enjoy a glass of champagne on us at New Zealand’s oldest pub.

Or do you dream of an adventure filled honeymoon in New Zealand?
Days of whitewater rafting, sea kayaking, swimming with dolphins, whale watching, hiking live volcanoes and advancing glaciers, heli-skiing, paraponting, bungy jumping, skydiving, zooming and horseriding, guided hiking tours on the Milford of Routeburn Tracks or in the Abel Tasman National Park all await adventurous travelers. Perhaps greeting the morning from the basket of a hot air balloon in New Zealand is more your speed.

If sophisticated cities beckon you we’ll help you plan an indulgent, romantic honeymoon in Auckland, the City of Sails.
A champagne honeymooon on filled with wine and roses, nightclubs, restaurants, spas, galleries and theatre. Perhaps include a helicopter flight to a breathtaking restaurant on Waiheke Island, a degustation meal created exclusively for you, a sunset sail aboard a chartered yacht on Waitemata Harbour. You might enjoy taking a tour of Auckland with a Maori guide to learn the history of the Maori people as you discover the sights of Auckland.

Perhaps you dream of a romantic honeymoon in the New Zealand wine country.
If you dream of exploring the many award winning New Zealand wineries on Waiheke Island and in Gisborne, Hawkes Bay, the Marlborough, Waipara, Kaikoura and Central Otago Regions. We’ll create an itinerary to help you meet the local winemakers and stay at a variety of romantic luxury lodges and charming B&Bs. Whether you dream of a self drive honeymoon or one where you travel with specialist wine guides or explore the wineries in the Marlborough area on bikes Australia 2000 Travel will create the romantic New Zealand Honeymoon Packages of your dreams.

Learn how our Honeymoon Registry can help make your dream honeymoon even more affordable

Fijian Honeymoon

Your dream Fijian honeymoon can be as relaxing and romantic as your hearts desire….

Do you dream of a romantic honeymoon in Fiji, the ideal destination for lovers of sun, sand, gentle people and relaxation?
Fiji is a South Pacific Paradise! Comprised of over 300 islands of which 106 are inhabited Fiji is the epitome of romance, tropical beauty, fun, relaxation and ancient cultures. In short Fiji is the ideal honeymoon destination.

Do you dream of being married or spending your honeymoon on your own special island in the South Pacific?
On an island where the emphasis is on fine food, friendly service, and total relaxation. Where each exhilarating day can include snorkeling or scuba diving on the Great Sea Reef, hobie cat sailing, wind surfing, game fishing, tennis and volleyball or a relaxing Fijian massage.

A honeymoon on an island where, as you sit and relax with a glass of sparkling champagne and a plate of canapés watching the brilliant sunset change the color of the sky you’ll come to understand the reason it’s called The Six O’clock News. Where a private picnic on a secluded sandbar is included as part of your stay? Where you’ll be embraced by the romance of the Fijian lifestyle.

Do you dream of taking a cruise in the turquoise waters of Fiji?
Where you’ll swim and snorkel in tranquil lagoons, visit local villages enjoy the sunshine and the luxury of fine cuisine. Where you’ll spend up to seven indulgent days sailing on idyllic waters .

Do you dream of hiking the remote wilderness of Fiji?
Perhaps taking a 3 day guided hike through the rainforest to a remote village is more your style. Perhaps you’d enjoy taking a seaplane flight over rainforests, reefs and villages.

No matter your dreams for a romantic honeymoon in Fiji we’ll be happy to help you bring those dreams to life.

Learn how our Honeymoon Registry can help make your dream honeymoon even more affordable.

Thank You from the Kunzmans

Thank you so much for an awesome honeymoon! We dreamed of spending ten days in paradise, relaxing under the Fijian sun. What we found here was soooo much more! The relaxation and paradise was a given every day, and beyond that we found ourselves wanting to spend all of our time with each and every one of you. From a medicine walk with Salote, to octopus hunting and hand line fishing with Eta, Loata (his laughing scared the octopus to death) & Lara (we can’t wait to see your all natural day spa here soon!).

We reef walked, visited the pearl farm, enjoyed a Fiji BBQ and even our own island sand picnic lunch. The sunsets were to die for, and can only be described as (in Karen Hardy from Australia 2000 Travel’s words) “the nightly news”. Snorkeling, trolling for G.T. (catching a Spanish mackerel), and enjoying 2 dinners under the stars; sharing the Kara and enjoying the Meke, it was all surreal.

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Thank you from the Sporks

Karen,

What a wonderful trip. Only complaint is that it was just too short.

The helicopter ride was great, good time to go at twilight. The surfing lessons at Bondi were so fun. In the down time before the bridge climb we ventured around Sydney. The Taronga Zoo was spectacular. The Sydney Pass was handy for the ferry and the trains to travel all over the city. The Sydney Harbor Bridge Climb is hard to describe. The views are great and the climb was exhilarating.

Kangaroo Island was so incredible. The tour was great; the guide was incredibly knowledgeably about everything, on the island. We did a separate night tour the day we got there. So cool to see the wild animals at night. We would highly recommend going for the 5 pm pelican feeding as well.

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